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WALK CAREFULLY. (Ephesians 5:15)
Saturday
Morning Meditation
F. B. Meyer
Categories: Meditation;Inspirational;Book Study

Pick your way amid the pitfalls of the world. Gird up your flowing robes with dainty care, lest they be soiled by the filth of the street. Beware of any side paths that would lead your steps away from the narrow track. Watch and pray. Especially be careful to turn every moment of time into an opportunity of making progress in the Divine life. Take heed to the moments, and the hours will take heed to themselves.

All these injunctions, however, will baffle us, and leave us stranded on the shore, when the impulse of their stimulus ebbs, unless we blend with them the thought that God is willing to walk with us--nay, in us; for He saith, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them." Abide in God, and God will abide in you, and walk in you, till you walk with Him in white, being found worthy.

State Demands Preachers Get Permission to Speak
Saturday
Commentary
WND.com
Categories: Contemporary Issues

Two street preachers are targeted, confronted and eventually arrested by transit officers who insist that they stop talking about their Christian beliefs without getting the agency’s permission first, and the courts say that’s all right

But the Rutherford Institute thinks otherwise, and that’s why it’s seeking a rehearing before the entire 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in a First Amendment case involving preachers Don Karns and Robert Parker.

A panel of the appeals court previously ruled that the two transit officers, Kathleen Shanahan and Sandra McKeon Crowe, were justified in ordering the preachers to be quiet, grilling them over their activities, and then arresting and charging them – all because they were sharing their beliefs in a public location.

“This case sheds light on a disconcerting bureaucratic mindset that wants us to believe that the government has the power to both bestow rights on the citizenry and withdraw those rights when it becomes necessary, whether it’s the right to proselytize on a train platform, the right to address one’s representatives at a city council meeting, or the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute.

“Yet those who founded this country believed that our rights are unalienable, meaning that no man or government can take them away from us. Thus, the problem in this case is not the absence of any specific law allowing free speech on the train platform. Rather, the problem is government officials who have forgotten that they work for us and their primary purpose is to safeguard our rights.”

Rutherford is seeking a rehearing in the case that erupted when Karns and Parker were preaching at a Princeton, New Jersey, train station.

They were charged with trespass and obstruction of justice but eventually cleared of the charges.

They then sued the New Jersey Transit Corp. and the officers over the demand that they “obtain a permit” to talk, non-commercially, with others at the public station.

The appeals court panel said the officers were immune from claims that they violated the preachers’ constitutional rights – under the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

It was on June 26, 2012, when Karns and Parker began sharing their Christian beliefs with members of the public at the Princeton Junction Station of the NJTC.

“No notices were posted at the station prohibiting or restricting First Amendment activities,” Rutherford explained.

But they quickly were confronted by Shanahan and Crowe, who first demanded identification, then told them they could not speak without the agency’s permission.

When Karns and Parker asserted the train station was a public area, they were arrested.

After they were cleared of those counts, the Rutherford Institute filed a civil rights case against the officers for discriminating against them on the basis of the religious content of their speech.

Let the Headlines Speak
Saturday
Daily News
From the Internet
Categories: Today's Headlines

Macron says ‘special’ UK deal possible
French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested the UK could get a special trade deal with the EU after Brexit. But he warned that Britain would not have full access to the single market without accepting its rules. Speaking to Andrew Marr, he warned – as Brussels has already done – that the UK could not “cherry-pick” the elements it liked.

Colombia says 550,000 Venezuelans have fled to the country
Colombia says the number of Venezuelans fleeing a severe economic crisis to live in Colombia has increased by 62% in the last six months. Migration officials say more than 550,000 Venezuelans are now living in Colombia, mostly illegally. The influx is putting pressure on the government especially in border areas to provide the migrants with food, shelter and medical care.

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget
The US government has begun shutting down many of its services after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. A bill to fund the federal government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes amid a bitter dispute over immigration and border security. It is the first shutdown ever to happen while the same party, the Republicans, controls Congress and the White House.

Facebook to use surveys to boost ‘trustworthy’ news
Facebook has announced it will prioritise news sources deemed to be more trustworthy on its News Feed. The firm said the social network community will determine which outlets are reliable via the use of user surveys. Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said news content will soon make up around 4% of what appeared in people’s News Feeds – down from 5% before.

Russian spy ship spotted off US coast a year ago returns to region
The Russian spy ship first spotted near American waters last year is making its way back in the direction of the U.S., Fox News confirmed on Thursday. The Victor Leonov is still in the Caribbean, according to officials, but heading north off the coast of Florida, home to a U.S. Navy base located in North Florida, east of Jacksonville. The ship could be off the Florida coast by Friday if the ship maintains present course and speed, according to officials.

China accuses U.S. warship of violating its sovereignty
China’s foreign ministry has accused a U.S. warship of entering its territorial waters without permission and said it would take “necessary measures” to ensure its sovereignty is protected. On the evening of Jan. 17, the missile destroyer USS Hopper came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island in the South China Sea, the ministry said on its website on Saturday.

U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection
U.S. health officials said on Friday they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials also said the department was issuing a new regulation aimed at protecting healthcare workers’ civil rights based on religious and conscience objections.

Breaking down stereotypes, Jewish day school to host drag queen Shabbat ceremony 
….The school, together with local Jewish organizations, is hosting a Jewish version of Drag Queen Story Hour, a national program in which drag entertainers read stories to children. The goal of the program, launched in San Francisco in 2015, is to give kids “glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”

Tiny earthquakes: Almost 250 of them shake Reno, Nev., in past week
Reno’s southern neighborhoods have been shaking, ever so gently, for seven days now.

U.S. to convert existing Jerusalem facility into embassy for 2019 opening
The Trump administration plans to retrofit an existing facility in Jerusalem into an embassy with the goal of moving its staff there from Tel Aviv in 2019, US officials said on Thursday.

Video, Transcript: While Left Marches To Abort, Trump Attends March For Life
President Donald Trump speaks at the March For Life anti-abortion rally in Washington D.C. where over 100,000 are expected to be in attendance. Trump will be the first president to attend the march in 45 years. Meanwhile, the left is holding another women’s march, which focuses on abortion rights among other issues.

Democrats Insist on DACA Amnesty
Democrats’ insistence on an immediate immigration amnesty for potentially millions of young illegal aliens may shut down the federal government at midnight tonight for the first time in the Trump era.

Why Would the NASB Bible Translation Use the Word ‘Palestine’?
The New American Standard Bible (NASB) s one of the most widely used modern translations of the Bible, and there is not the slightest hint that the translation is anti-Israel, let alone anti-Semitic. So, my question comes by way of interest and curiosity, not by way of indictment or accusation. Why would this fine translation introduce the word ‘Palestine’ in its section headings?

Judicial Watch Releases “NEW Smoking Gun” Proof Hillary Clinton Mishandled Classified Information (VIDEO)
Described as a “new smoking gun,” conservative watchdog Judicial Watch released 78 pages  of U.S. State Department Friday that detail new proof Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information.

Can’t Make It Up=> Hijab-Wearing Model Stars in L’Oreal Hair Campaign (VIDEO)
Progressive elites are celebrating the hijab-wearing model in the new L’Oreal hair ads.

State demands preachers get permission to speak
Two street preachers are targeted, confronted and eventually arrested by transit officers who insist that they stop talking about their Christian beliefs without getting the agency’s permission first, and the courts say that’s all right.

U.S. withholds additional $45 million from terror-linked U.N. agency
Days after announcing it was withholding $65 million from a U.N. agency supporting Palestinian refugees, the United States announced it will not provide a separate $45 million it had pledged to the agency, according to the State Department.

Snowden: Trump Must Veto Reauthorized NSA Spying Powers In Light Of FISA Memo 
Donald Trump must veto reauthorized NSA spying powers which passed both the House and the Senate yesterday without a single reform, in light of an exploseive four-page memo said to detail sweeping FISA Abuses by the FBI, DOJ and the Obama Administration during and after the 2016 presidential election, says former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Islamic Malaysia says its army is on standby waiting for the signal to invade Jerusalem and take it from the Jews
The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) are always ready for the signal and directives from the top leadership and head of state on the issue of Jerusalem.

CONFIRMED: Obama DOJ Used Information From Dossier Author Christopher Steele To Spy On Trump Campaign Official
According to a new report, the Obama Justice Department relied on information obtained by former British spy, Christopher Steele, to spy on Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, during the final days of the 2016 presidential election.

Pope Accuses Child Sex Abuse Victims of Slander
Pope Francis defended a bishop accused of covering up pedophilia during a visit to Chile by labeling sex abuse victims as slanderous.

Condemnation and Death - - Righteousness and Life
Saturday
Commentary
Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
Categories: Exhortation

Contrasting the New Covenant with the Old, the Apostle points out that “the letter,” with its requirements and penalties, “killeth.” Therefore the dispensation of the Law is called “the ministration of condemnation” and “the ministration of death” (II Cor. 3:7,9).

The ministration of the Law began in a blaze of glory. Mount Sinai was “altogether on a smoke… as the smoke of a furnace.” There were thunderings and lightnings and an earthquake. There was the sound of a trumpet, “exceeding loud.” There was the glorious Shekinah cloud in which God Himself appeared and “spake all these words” (Ex. 19:9- 20:1).

But ere Moses had even come down from the mount with the tables of stone, the people were breaking the very first commandment, dancing like heathen about a golden calf. From here on the administration of the Law took on another aspect. Judgment had to be pronounced and penalties inflicted. Nor could any escape its just sentence of condemnation and death. What had begun in glory led but to gloom, “because the law worketh wrath…” (Rom. 4:15). “…for it is written: cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them” (Gal. 3:10).

But there can be no gloom associated with the ministration of the New Covenant, says the Apostle, for under it righteousness and life are administered to all who will receive them by faith. And this because the claims of the Old Covenant were fully met by Christ at Calvary. Thus the ministration of the New Covenant outshines the ministration of the Old in every respect.

But was not the New Covenant made “with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,” rather than with the Church of our day? Yes, but with Israel’s rejection of Christ and her temporary blindness the blessings of the New Covenant are now bestowed by grace upon those who do receive Christ. Hence, it was not Peter or the twelve, but Paul who, with his associates, was made an “able minister of the New Testament” (II Cor. 3:6).

Can the Clotting of Blood be Explained By Evolution?
Saturday
Commentary
Roger Oakland
Categories: Creation - Evolution

At one time in my life, I was a staunch believer in Darwinian evolution. During that period of my life, I just accepted what I was told by scientists without thinking very much about the claims they were imposing on me. Eventually, I came to the realization this was a far too passive approach. The traditional scientific world teaches us to never accept things by faith. For this reason, I started to see some holes in the evolution argument and was challenged to look at the real facts for myself.

Biologists who study the human body realize there are many complex processes essential for life that need to be explained. Darwinian evolution claims to provide the answers. All that is required are minute changes in the genetic code, environmental pressure, natural selection, and plenty of time—it is believed. 

Although it is easy enough to say this formula worked in the distant unobservable past, it is much more difficult to come up with a step-by-step model to show how natural processes operating by chance can produce the complexity of life. For example, consider what has to happen for blood to clot so that one doesn’t bleed to death. Everyone knows when you cut yourself with a sharp object, you bleed. If the bleeding continues unhindered, you eventually lose all your blood and die. Clotting is a complex biochemical process that prevents you from bleeding to death. How did this process evolve by chance? 

Without going into all the detail describing numerous biochemical reactions and an explanation for the source of a chain of essential complex molecules, we can recognize that the clotting of blood is a very intricate process. Ask yourself this question: how could this have happened by some chance process requiring millions of years of time? If the evolutionary explanation can be supported by science, then we should demand to have some answers based on facts. How did the clotting process evolve over time? If one step in this complex biochemical process fails, the organism that hasn’t evolved the ability to prevent itself from bleeding will bleed to death. 

Obviously, the clotting process must be precise and isolated to the location where the injury has occurred. If a clot forms in some other area of the body, the end result can be death. How could such a necessary and precise process have just happened by chance? It seems as if the very nature of the clotting of blood requires intelligent planning and design.

There are people today who have ruled out God as their Creator. They would rather believe we exist because of chance and that humans are at the top of the evolutionary pile. So, if you are someone in this category, I want you to stop and think. Next time while you are bleeding, take a few moments and try and come up with a reasonable explanation for the clotting of blood. Try and explain the evolutionary mechanism that brought about the process that will save your life. 

The Bible states the Creator, who designed the clotting process, shed His blood and died on a cross. Accepting the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ is of paramount importance. The decision you make will determine where you spend eternity.


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